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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow

version: pal - year: 2004 - developer: ubisoft - publisher: ubisoft - format: xbox, dvd - condition: mint - rarity: common

Technically outdated but still enjoyable to play

Review - Playing Pandora Tomorrow in late 2012 on a regular X-Box can be a bit of a shocker because the graphics did take a hit.

While I was playing the game on normal mode and cursing out loud in exotic languages, my father stepped in to my room and asked me why the game looked so bad. I took a moment to think about it because to me it didn't look horrible. I was playing the game with the mindset that it had been released in 2004. My father could not see that, he could only see some ugly and color-starved 3D graphics on screen…and to be honest, I couldn't blame him because compared to anything on PS3 or X-Box 360, this looked indeed pre-historic!

Anyways, back to the game, Pandora Tomorrow plays in a very similar way to the first game in the series, although missions seem now to be even more varied, with a number of cool in-door and outdoor locations which will sure test your skills.

I am normally more of an action type gamer, but here I had to learn to be stealthy the hard way.

I failed some of the missions so many times that the unskippable cut-scenes and dialogues I had to sit through started to literally come out of my ears!!

I must say, this ended up being a good incentive to avoid mistakes at all costs though :)

Pandora Tomorrow is certainly a valid stealth action game which probably requires a much more subtle approach than Metal Gear for instance. For this, it is worth playing through because it offers a gameplay experience different enough from most action games out in the wild.

Bottom line: If you can get past the dated graphics, there is still some good old fun which can be squeezed out of this game. 8/10










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